SRINAGAR, AUG 27: In a bid to curb pilferage in loading, transporting and distribution of food grains and kerosene, the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Department has taken a revolutionary step by building state of the art surveillance system.
With a casual glance, the officer incharge of the surveillance comes to know about latest situation in all godowns situated in the vicinity of his office. The monitor also reveals work going on at other three godowns of the Department, situated in Gulab Bagh area.
The monitor is just one part of complex surveillance system at ‘Command Control Room’ (CC Room), originally conceived by Minister for FCS&CA, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali. “The main idea behind establishing the new surveillance system is to plug all loop holes in entire distribution process,” the Minister said. He added that strict monitoring would help in building a clean image for the Department.
Inaugurating the first phase of CC Room in Kashmir division, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali attributed it as a ‘Big step towards ensuring transparency’ in the functioning of the Department. He, however, urged upon the officers for not being complacent and directed for starting work on phase two of the project immediately. “FCS&CA is a vast Department with over 6000 employees and everyone here puts in their hard work to serve their consumers. Still sometimes, due to a few unscrupulous elements, reports of some sort of pilferage of food-grains and kerosene deprive the Department from receiving the appreciation, it deserves,” said the Minister.
The surveillance cameras would also be installed in all the Fair Price Shops (FPSs) and connected with the main Control room. It would allow the monitoring team to check distribution process at these stores without any glitch. The Department is also hiring private vehicles with GPRS system fitted on them, so that they could be connected with the Command Control Room at the Directorate.